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[rohd] /roʊd/
a long, narrow stretch with a smoothed or paved surface, made for traveling by motor vehicle, carriage, etc., between two or more points; street or highway.
a way or course:
the road to peace.
Often, roads. Also called roadstead. Nautical. a partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor.
Mining. any tunnel in a mine used for hauling.
the road, the places, usually outside of New York City, at which theatrical companies on tour generally give performances.
burn up the road, Slang. to drive or move very fast.
down the road, in the future:
Economists see higher interest rates down the road.
hit the road, Slang. to begin or resume traveling:
We hit the road before sunrise.
one for the road, a final alcoholic drink taken just before departing from a party, tavern, or the like.
on the road,
  1. traveling, especially as a sales representative.
  2. on tour, as a theatrical company:
    The musical ends its New York run next week to go on the road.
  3. started; under way:
    We need funds to get the project on the road.
take to the road, to begin a journey or tour.
Also, take the road.
before 900; Middle English rode, earlier rade, Old English rād a riding, journey on horseback, akin to rīdan to ride
Related forms
roadless, adjective
roadlessness, noun
interroad, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for burn up the road


  1. an open way, usually surfaced with asphalt or concrete, providing passage from one place to another
  2. (as modifier) road traffic, a road map, a road sign
  3. (in combination) the roadside
  1. a street
  2. (capital when part of a name) London Road
  1. (US) short for railroad
  2. (Brit) one of the tracks of a railway
a way, path, or course the road to fame
(often pl) (nautical) Also called roadstead. a partly sheltered anchorage
a drift or tunnel in a mine, esp a level one
(slang) hit the road, to start or resume travelling
on the road
  1. travelling, esp as a salesman
  2. (of a theatre company, pop group, etc) on tour
  3. leading a wandering life
take the road, take to the road, to begin a journey or tour
(informal) one for the road, a last alcoholic drink before leaving
Derived Forms
roadless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English rād; related to rīdan to ride, and to Old Saxon rēda, Old Norse reith
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Word Origin and History for burn up the road
O.E. rad "riding, hostile incursion," from P.Gmc. *ridanan, source of O.E. ridan (see ride). Also related to raid. In M.E., "a riding, a journey," sense of "open way for traveling between two places" is first recorded 1596. Modern spelling only established 18c. Roadblock is attested from 1940. Roadster "open two-seat automobile" is from 1908, earlier of light carriages (1892), originally "a ship lying near the shore" (1744), which is from the nautical sense of "narrow stretch of sheltered water" (c.1320, cf. Hampton Roads in Virginia). Road test is from 1906. Road hog is attested from 1891; road rage is from 1988; roadie "laborer employed by pop groups while on tour" first recorded 1969; road kill (n.) in the figurative sense is from 1992.
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Slang definitions & phrases for burn up the road



Traveling; touring, itinerant: a road show (1900+ Theater)

Related Terms

go the hang-put road, hard-road freak, hit the road, let's get the show on the road, one for the road, on the road, skid road, where the rubber meets the road, wide place in the road

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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burn up the road in the Bible

(1 Sam. 27:10; R.V., "raid"), an inroad, an incursion. This word is never used in Scripture in the sense of a way or path.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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